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Peace Building

Peace depends on women. 

Grassroots women on the frontlines of war mobilize to bring humanitarian aid to those most in danger.  They confront the specific violence that women disproportionately face, including rape as a weapon of war. They mobilize to offer shelter, care and protection. Women negotiate local ceasefires, in places like Syria and Colombia, creating the building blocks of peace.

This firsthand expertise makes them indispensable to successful peace. They can help ensure that peace agreements reflect most people's needs, not just the demands of armed groups. And when a peace agreement is signed, women play a crucial role in making sure it takes hold in the communities they know so well. Yet despite this essential role, women’s voices are often overlooked in peace talks and negotiations. As if the priorities of a small group of men with guns are somehow more important. Peace agreements that ignore women simply don’t work. In fact, over 50% fail within five years, often reigniting violence.

Together with our partners, we confront the use of rape as a weapon of war, the exploitation of children as soldiers, and the many ravages of war. We offer trauma counseling, shelter, health care and education. And we advocate with women for policies that create lasting peace and support war survivors.

Through your valued commitment, MADRE supports grassroots women’s groups striving to create safe, just communities in which everyone can thrive.


"Women best understand the needs of their families and communities. Peace agreements that ignore women simply don’t work."

Midwives for Peace saves lives by providing critical prenatal care and childbirth support to women.

Mother, sister, daughter, wife. These are words we often use to describe women. But consider these words: peacemaker, negotiator, agent of change. 

While war raged, grassroots female peace activists have sought to bring protection and healing into embattled communities and into the peace process.

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Peace is not just an absence of violence – it’s an active pursuit, nurtured by courageous people who hold their families and communities in their hearts.

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Who’s Missing From Syria’s Peace Talks?

Those organising Syria’s peace talks must go beyond merely ticking the gender representation box. It's essential to move towards real inclusion of women peace advocates and larger civil society. read more

Need-to-Know: The Syria Peace Talks

When you sideline women’s voices, you risk a peace settlement that overlooks the realities, priorities and needs of the very communities it needs to protect. read more

Incubating Solutions for Peace in Syria and Iraq

As human rights advocates, we have the power to help push towards peace and justice. This is the conviction that prompted MADRE and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) to launch a series of solution-incubating sessions we call Strategies for Change. read more

After Terror, Choose Peace

MADRE calls on the people and governments of the world to choose peace. read more

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